Acura will debut its RS-X prototype, a replacement for the Integra coupe, at
the 2001 North American International Auto Show in January along with its model
year 2002 3.2 TL sedan, featuring updated styling and a new sporty Type S model.
Featuring advanced engine technology, the RS-X prototype is an early glimpse
of the new Integra.
Exterior styling highlights include short front and rear overhangs, slim A-
and B- pillars, and a sharply-chiseled front fascia with five-sided grille flanked
by large, four-lamp headlights. The production version will be the first Acura
in North America to be powered by the next-generation i-VTEC engine.
The new Type S boasts 260 horsepower — the highest in its class claims Acura
– while all 3.2 TL models receive a number of styling changes including new
front end styling, reshaped headlights and new taillight treatment. An Bose
music system with 6-disc in-dash CD player is standard.
Additional enhancements to the Type S include the adoption of the Vehicle Stability
Assist (VSA) system, larger 215/50R 17-inch tires, a unique alloy wheel design,
metallic-face instrument panel, perforated leather seats and steering wheel,
and a new shift knob.